Admissions Policy

1. Admission Rules

This Policy will be read in conjunction with the Admission Rules.

2. Academic Board to determine requirements for admission

Academic Board will determine the requirements to be met for entry to a course.

3. Availability of places

The Provost, after consultation with the Faculty Executive Deans, will determine the number of commencing places available for each course in each semester/year.  Separate quotas will be determined for Commonwealth-supported and, where relevant, fee-paying places.  If any differentiation is required in relation to applicants entering with credit for prior study, this will be specified in the Provost’s determination. ' Offers may be made only within the parameters of such approval and specific approval of the Provost must be obtained for any variation from such parameters.1

4. Administration of admission processes

Admission of domestic applicants will be administered by designated Admissions Officers through the Manager, Admissions.  Admissions of international applicants will be administered by designated International Admissions Officers through the Associate Director, International Admissions and Student Relations.  All applications will be administered in accordance with the Admissions Rules, this Policy and related policies, and in consultation with Heads of School and/or their nominees as required.

5. Consistency of entry requirements when courses offered on multiple campuses

Notwithstanding different state/territory frameworks, the substance of the University’s entry requirements for any course will be as consistent as possible across states/territory, provided that different cut-offs may apply for the same course offered on different campuses.

The Admissions Officer(s) will record the basis for ranking of applicants in such circumstances.

6. Honours courses

Offers of admission to an honours course require the approval of the Head of School or nominee and will only be made where the student’s proposed area of study aligns with a demonstrated capacity for honours research within the School.

Appendix 1 - Calculating and Allocation of Ranks

Calculating a Rank

For applicants other than current year 12 school leavers2, the University will adopt the common schedules* developed by the respective Tertiary Admission Centres in order to assign a rank and to align those ranks with the relevant ATAR and OP. These include applicants who -

  1. completed year 12 studies in a previous year and have not completed at least 12 months of full-time tertiary study;
  2. have completed at least one year of full-time tertiary study3 in which case the rank will be calculated on the basis of the grade point average achieved;
  3. have other relevant education, training and experience or evidence of their ability to undertake tertiary study.
* Examples of the types of qualification or prior learning recognised in such schedules include -

- Previous Year 12
- Previous Australian tertiary study
- TAFE qualification
- Tertiary foundation or preparation course
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) - Multiple choice. STAT results are valid for 3 years
- Overseas qualifications
- Vocational experience
- Personal Competency Statements (Queensland)

In any state/territory where such schedules are not in use by the TAC, the University will utilise comparable schedules.

Allocating a Rank

Where an applicant has several selection ranks calculated using TAC schedules (eg ranks based on year 12 results, preparatory course/s, employment and/or tertiary study), the University will order these selection ranks based on highest to lowest and applicants will be considered on their first order rank4. The exception to this is when an applicant has completed the equivalent of one full-time year of degree level study in which case the University will normally use the tertiary rank as the first order selection rank.


1 See Annual Allocation of Commonwealth Grant Scheme Places and Development and Application of the Admissions Model.
2 For current year 12 school leaver applicants only the University will recognise qualifications achieved at Certificate III and above in addition to the OP or ATAR.
3 May be made up of a number of individual study attempts which together equate to completion of at least one year of full-time tertiary study.
4 When there are more applicants with the same first order rank than there are places available, a second order rank will be used to differentiate between applicants.

Page last updated: 27 Jun 2017

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